It is a surprise to many woman when they begin to develop symptoms of menopause as early as 30 years old. Perimenopause is the first stage of the menopause transition years which is the beginning of a woman’s hormone imbalance characterized by irregular cycles and unpleasant symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Women experience perimenopause at different ages with the average age range being between 30-40 years old. The perimenopause period is often characterized by irregular periods. The time period between two periods is becomes irregular. In addition to this irregularity in periods, women with hormonal imbalances of perimenopause also experience many symptoms including night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain etc.
Hormone replacement therapy is one of the most effective treatments available for the treatment of symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Hormone replacement therapy has been shown to have other health benefits including prevention of osteoporosis (weak bones).
Hormone replacement therapy was a very popular treatment prescribed by doctors across the country for control of menopausal symptoms, prevention of osteoporosis and prevention of heart disease in menopausal woman. A study done in 2002 on synthetic hormones showed that synthetic hormones can cause many side effects. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) changed the recommendations for hormone replacement therapy in menopausal woman and the number of prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy in women dropped by over 50% in the year following the results of this study.
Bioidentical hormones are the exact chemical structure as the hormones that the human body produces and synthetic hormones are different. For example, a synthetic estrogen called Premarin is made from a pregnant horse’s urine. One could imagine that the human body would not tolerate this artificial un natural estrogen very well and it would cause side effects. Studies have shown that bioidentical hormones provide better symptom relief than synthetic hormones and have less side effects.